Sharing of Scholarship Recipients - LEUNG Hoi Fung Lucan
LEUNG Hoi Fung Lucan (Applied Biology)
Recipient of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Scholarship 2020-21
“The present is theirs; the future, for which I really worked, is mine.” Said by whom I think is the greatest scientist and inventor of all time: Nikola Tesla. While this quote could be acknowledged easily by everyone, I believe the true understanding in meanings and emotions among these words would most likely be absent.
Born and diagnosed with the Specific Learning Difficulty (SLD) Dyslexia at age 6, I was never academically gifted before getting into university. While my peers immerse in their success of pen and paper, I was the one who struggles, lags, and drowns. When I was little, even with revisions and studies, nothing but tears would come out from dictations and assessments. At the time Dyslexia are still at its discovery stage, publicity and support were not mature. Virtually no one from the society acknowledge or had even heard of such neurological disorder. In results, there are many frustrations all these years from teachers, principals and even my own father. Little do they know, the most frustrated person was no one, but me.
Fortunately, with the gradual development of supports from private organizations and NGOs, I got the training I needed at Pathways Foundation for 12 years since then. While the support and training that I got were helpful, my disorder still places me behind others. In which during those 12 years, I switched primary schools 3 times and had makeup examinations every year during my secondary school journey. With frustrations and ashamed emotions, I never really talk to anyone about my condition, because I just wanted to be - normal.
Then what lead me to become greater, better, and now eventually striving in my current studies? That is, to have a vision.
Over the years, I am fortunate enough to have the opportunities to travel around the world; Europe, Australia, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, Korea, you name it. While I’m not academically gifted, I am a learner. I learned and observed first handedly that even in the most well developed, and respected places, inequalities, and unfairness rules. Compare to the life I have; their unfortunate is far greater than mine. Life isn’t fair, I learned that the hard way, nor do magic or miracle exist. If you want to change anything, you must work and go hard on it. That’s when I decided I would like to change how things are and help the world in need.
With the astonishing opportunity of receiving the JC scholarship, it not only granted me great financial support, but also the network that connects to the society and the world. Although all of that already sounds exceptional, my ambition will not stop here. This great opportunity will serve as a ladder that propelled me further in life and perpetuate the vision I have, that I learned from my experience, from ones who believed in me. All to establish my vision of achieving world’s hopeful, rightful, bright future.
Remember, said by Aristotle “Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.”.